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  • I usually do my research before travelling anywhere, local sights, attractions, museums, churches, beaches, restaurants, bars etc, but sometimes, it is just good to get up and go and see what there is to be seen.

    Too many times, these off-plan sojourns end up at a small cafe or bistrot, the end of a delightful road tour, with a light meal and a glass of wine.

    On rare occasions, you come across something spectacular. This was one of those times.

    I hadn't really done my homework prior to this trip, it was just a 'get away from it all and chill' trip, so there were large gaps in the itinerary. On this particular day, we decided just to get in the car and see where it took us.

    We were in the Ardeche, a region named after the river that flows through it and it boasts the largest natural canyon in Europe and has been inhabited by humans since the Paleolithic period. It has a mass of natural beauty and natural history.

    I guess it was no surprise then that as we rounded a bend following the course of the river, we came across the Pont d'Arc. It was stunning, it was massive. I later discovered that this is one of the most beautiful natural arches in France. The arch itself has been carved out by the Ardeche River and is more than 30 metres high and spans more than 60 metres. What beauty.

    At this time, I was going through a particularly difficult period, and I don't think it was until much later that I realised that this natural bridge symbolised the bridge spanning the gap that had been growing between myself and my partner. We didn't manage to keep our relationship together, but the bridge is still there holding our friendship toghether.
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